Schubert is the classic case of a New Zealand success story where an enormous reputation is enjoyed abroad but within the home market the name experiences relative anonymity.
Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling came to New Zealand from extensive winemaking experience in their home country of Germany. Seeking a place where they could make fine wine, observations and intuition drew them to the Wairarapa. From the outset in 1999, the aim was to create special wines that would stand alongside those from the greatest regions from around the globe, in particular Burgundy.
In 2007 Kai Schubert managed to position the Schubert 2004 Pinot Noir in a line up of premier cru Pinot Noir's at an international blind tasting held in Germany. A stir was caused when the Schubert wine was awarded top score of the tasting, tying with the iconic Musigny Grand Cru 1999.
The most notable achievement of late was at the 2010 Decanter World Wine Awards and the London International Wine Challenge where the 2008 Marions Vineyard received Gold in the world Pinot Noir class only to be beaten by the 2008 Schubert Block B which secured Gold and then Trophy for best Pinot Noir of all wines entered. Something akin to a double Gold at the Olympics! Further to that Schubert won the Trophy for Sustainability at the IWC, showing that it is not only the quality of the wine but the extra effort which goes into maintaining and organic vineyard.
Recently Robert Parker has awarded the 2009 Block B 92 points and 2009 Marions Vineyard 91 points. The Schubert Syrah has been awarded 91 points. This is outstanding praise from the man who is unquestionably one of the world’s most influential wine writers. With this reputation maybe it is no surprise that Schubert have a great following globally exporting some 94% of their wines!
At the Martinborough Wine Centre we have always found these wines to deliver across every wine from the range. Always approachable, true to variety and region with the added concentration, balance and complexity that elevates wine from good to fine wine status. We believe that if you love great wine Schubert should be firmly set in your mind as one of the country’s finest producers.